Underwater macro photography through a dome port
On my recent trip to dive Milford Sound, New Zealand and Adelaide, Australia I wanted to travel light. So in addition to cameras and lenses, I only brought my underwater camera housing, two underwater strobes and my compact dome port.
Even though it was mainly a hiking and wildlife trip with my wife, we did plan for a few dives, mainly to find the famous leafy sea dragon.
Red crab, Edithburgh Jetty, Adelaide. D300 + Nikon 60mm lens, dome port. F20, 1/80th
I did want to take some underwater macro photos of Adelaide, so I decided to use my Nikon 60mm lens behind my dome port.
I was very pleased with the results. Also I lost 25% magnification that a flat port gives you due to the refractive index of water, I never missed the magnification. The colors of my underwater photos and sharpness were great. I also found the combination worked better for photographing fish since I could get closer to them. And finally, using a dome port is theoretically supposed to result in less chromatic aberration.
Underwater macro photographs, behind a dome port
All photos are with the Nikon 60mm lens, Sea & Sea compact dome port
Featherduster worm closeup. F18, 1/80th
Nudibranch, F20, 1/250th
Diver behind a featherduster worm. F9, 1/160th
Fish swimming past colorful jetty pilings. F8, 1/125th